Match: Gulf Giants vs Sharjah Warriors, (GG vs SW, Match 14, ILT20 2023)
Date: January 23, 2023 – 7:30 PM IST
Venue: Dubai International Cricket Stadium
Gulf Giants will go up against Sharjah Warriors in the match no. 14 of the ILT20. The two teams will meet at Dubai International Cricket Stadium on Monday, January 23rd.
Sharjah Warriors got off to an awful start, losing their first three matches of the tournament. They finally managed to open the account with a comprehensive seven-wicket victory over Dubai Capitals in the previous game.
Chris Woakes was the pick of the bowlers with 2 for 35 as Joe Root led his team to 177/4 with an unbeaten 80. Chasing the target, it was all about Tom Kohler-Cadmore, who blasted 106 not-out in just 47 balls. Joe Denly scored 29 off 17 as they mowed down the target in just 14.4 overs.
Gulf Giants have been the standout team in the ILT20 so far, having won all four of their matches. The James Vince-led side is coming off a five-wicket victory over Desert Vipers, where they chased down a huge target of 196.
Richard Gleeson was outstanding with the ball, picking 1 for 19 in four overs but the rest of the attack was taken apart. Conceding only 22 runs in the last three overs turned out to be the difference in the end. Chris Lynn hammered 71 off 42 while Shimron Hetmyer blasted 70 off 35. Liam Dawson then scored a crucial nine-ball 16* to take the side home with three balls to spare.
Pitch Report and Weather Forecast for GG vs SW, Match 14, ILT20 2022/23
Dubai International Cricket Stadium is generally a venue where bowlers have enjoyed an upper hand. The average first innings score at this venue from over 100 domestic T20s held here stands at 156. The number in the ongoing tournament read 170 after six games, with five of those being won by the team batting second.
The weather in Dubai on Monday evening is expected to be partly cloudy but with no real danger of rain interrupting the game. The temperature will be around 19°C during match hours.
Gulf Giants – Expected XI and Team News
Gulf Giants have James Vince and Rehan Ahmed at the top, followed by Chris Lynn, Tom Banton and Shimron Hetmyer. Rehan, David Wiese and Liam Dawson add balance as all-rounders. Chris Jordan, Richard Gleeson and Sanchit Sharma form the pace attack.
Probable XI – Rehan Ahmed, James Vince (c), Chris Lynn, Tom Banton (wk), Shimron Hetmyer, David Wiese, Liam Dawson, Aayan Afzal Khan, Chris Jordan, Sanchit Sharma, Richard Gleeson
Sharjah Warriors – Expected XI and Team News
Sharjah Warriors have Rahmanullah Gurbaz and Tom Kohler-Cadmore at the top, followed by Dawid Malan, Moeen Ali, Joe Denly and Mohammad Nabi. The bowling unit comprises Chris Woakes, Naveen-ul-Haq, Noor Ahmad, Junaid Siddique and Nabi. They do have Evin Lewis and Karthik Meiyappan on the bench.
Probable XI – Rahmanullah Gurbaz (wk), Tom Kohler-Cadmore, Dawid Malan, Moeen Ali (c), Joe Denly, Mohammad Nabi, Noor Ahmad, Chris Woakes, Muhammad Jawadullah, Junaid Siddique, Naveen-ul-Haq
Best Captaincy Picks for the GG vs SW match
Tom Kohler-Cadmore: Batter, Sharjah Warriors
Tom Kohler-Cadmore is coming off a magnificent knock of unbeaten 106 off 47. The English batter has scored over 3400 runs at an average of 29 and strike rate of 134. He has 26 fifties and a hundred in the format. With his form, he could be a good C/VC option.
Chris Woakes: Bowler, Sharjah Warriors
Chris Woakes has picked five wickets in three games in the ILT20 at a strike rate of 14.4. He has also smashed 62 off just 29 in one of the games. The English all-rounder has 149 wickets in T20 cricket while averaging 24 with the bat.
James Vince: Batter, Gulf Giants
James Vince has been in spectacular form in the tournament. He has scored 228 runs in four innings at an average of 76 while striking at 152. Vince hammered three back to back fifties before getting dismissed cheaply in the previous outing. The opening batter remains a top C/VC option.
Top Differential Picks
Shimron Hetmyer: Batter, Gulf Giants
Shimron Hetmyer smashed a fantastic 70 off 35 in the previous game against Desert Vipers. The left hand batter has over 3000 runs in the shorter format at an average of 26 with 15 fifties and one hundred. Hetmyer is picked by 47% of the MPL teams.
Liam Dawson: All-rounder, Gulf Giants
Liam Dawson is selected by 20% MPL players and can be a good differential. He has 168 wickets to his name in T20 cricket at an economy of 7.21 while scoring 2256 runs at an average of 18 with five fifties.
MPL Fantasy XI
Where and what time to watch the match live in India
Zee network has the rights of the ILT20 League broadcast in India. You can watch the Gulf Giants vs Sharjah Warriors match on multiple channels such as &PicturesHD, Zee Zest, Zee Zest HD, &FLIX, &FLIX HD, Zee Cinema and Zee Cinema HD. You can also catch the action live on online streaming platform Zee5 application.
Note: The players recommended here need not be a part of the Playing 11 on game day. Users are advised to do their own research also and follow official sources and create their teams.